Our solution enabled a range of platforms to run the Internet Collection System smoothly.
Statistics New Zealand had to develop the Internet Collection System for the 2013 Census. Key requirements were to ensure privacy and security of data, browser compatibility, and to provide a high level of performance and availability for the website while processing a very high load in a short period of time.
Datacom had successfully developed the system for the census in 2006 and 2011 and application development for 2013 was based on reuse of this system. However, Statistics wanted changes made in line with fresh requirements. It also wanted extensive testing and updates to accommodate a wide range of browsers across a variety of platforms.
The solution enabled a range of platforms to run smoothly predominantly Windows, Mac, iOS (iPad or iPhone), Android (tablet or phone), and Linux, while smaller numbers of users with Windows Phone, Smart TV, Xbox, and Blackberry were able to use it. Additionally, a real-time dashboard provided live updates for key business data and system performance indicators.
Datacom’s experience of the organisation and our expertise in software development and system integration ensured the overall technical success of the Internet Collection System, providing certainty of outcome to Statistics. Implementation cut across infrastructure and network designs, support of server infrastructure, databases and load balancing equipment while collaborating with Statistics and a third-party provider.
The solution Datacom architected and developed for Census 2013 met all the performance requirements and achieved 100% availability, 24 hours a day for eight weeks.
Carol Slappendel - Acting Deputy Government Statistician, Collections and Dissemination, Statistics New Zealand
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